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DiedJune 10, 2003, Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
FactU.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1981-1985.

Donald T. Regan (1918-2003) was an American businessman and politician who served as the 66th United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1981 to 1985 and the White House Chief of Staff from 1985 to 1987. He also served as the Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch from 1970 to 1980.

Regan was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1918, to Margaret (née Sullivan) and William Francis Regan. He had two sisters, Mary and Nancy. His father was an Irish immigrant who worked as a police officer. Regan attended Boston College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1940. He then served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

After the war, Regan began his career as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a partner in 1956 and the firm’s CEO in 1970. He is credited with helping to make Merrill Lynch one of the most successful investment banks in the world.

In 1981, Regan was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Secretary of the Treasury. He held this position for four years, during which time he helped to enact the Reagan tax cuts and oversaw the U.S. economy during a period of strong growth.

In 1985, Regan was named White House Chief of Staff, a position he held until 1987. He resigned from this position after it was revealed that he had failed to properly investigate allegations of wife-beating against then-Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos.

After leaving the White House, Regan returned to the private sector. He wrote an autobiography, For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington, which was published in 1988. He also served on the boards of several corporations, including General Motors and American Express.

Regan died on June 10, 2003, at his home in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was 84 years old.

Regan was married twice. His first wife, Ann Buchanan Regan, died in 1974. His second wife, Margaret Peggy O’Neill Regan, whom he married in 1976, survived him. He had four children: Donald Jr., Sharon, Margaret, and Michael.

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Full NameDonald Regan
DiedJune 10, 2003, Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
ProfessionPolitician, Businessperson
EducationHarvard Law School, Harvard University


ParentsWilliam Francis Regan, Kathleen Regan

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1I read that I'm ruthless. I'll have to let history reveal whether I'm ruthless or not.


1Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 454-456. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
21985-1987 White House Chief of Staff. Allegedly fell out with Nancy Reagan, whom he had to consult about "good, bad or iffy days" for President Reagan to make public appearances and important meetings. Nancy consulted her astrologer instead. Don Regan had to resign in the aftermath of the Iran-Contras scandal.
3U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1981-1985.



Bulletproof: Reagan After Hinckley2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Experience1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

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The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Secretary of the Treasury / White House Chief of Staff
Showtime Looks at 19811981TV Movie documentaryHimself - Treasury Secretary

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